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Claude io
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I have been reading this magazine...more and more....but something is very wrong about it...I am yet to see an io....:)

So...I have send them an email to give them a chance to rectify the problem...lol...

I don't hold my breath, but it would be nice to see one of our car in their magazine...that will be a nice recognition for our io and for Glen works to make this forum available to us.

Feel free to send them a line customs@4wdaction.com.au

Happy io

 

Hello,
 
Once again I found myself reading your magazine and it is growing on me every time I open it...great reading, keep up the good work.
But you can do ...better :) I have seen many 4wd, but not the Mitsubishi Pajero io (true, I may have missed some ). I don't blame you, because it is often forgotten by many.
This little 4wd have not been around for a very long time in Australia and it is a pity. I saw your article and your email on page 172 (magazine 195) and I thought...let write to them...
 
I bought an io a few years back, mainly to go to my favourite fishing spot...and to work.... At the time, I have tried to get some modification done on it, but not like plenty of other 4x4, nothing much, if any, on the shelf.
Last year, I found a forum called "pajerio.com" this forum have turn my life upside down ! With the help of each other, we keep finding new way of improving our io. I am loving more and more going out...just for a drive (must have some low gear included...of course).
 
So I think it will be fair (would be great..for sure!) to see a bit more io in your fantastic magazine. Ok, may be not as much as the great Landcruiser....just a few lines...?!
This is my built thread...http://pajerio.com/forum/claudes-io-2002-zr-built-thread-onlyhappy-io
I am in Canberra and If one day you come around, I will be happy to share a beer and my love of the little... but great Pajero io and show you what it can do...
 
All the very best,
Claude.
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Result?

I read this magazine all the time! I'm thinking if we were to get an iO in there it would be in a comparison test? Maybe against another IFS 4wd like the vitara? Or maybe in the budget buys section? Anyways I'd love to see a iO in there! After I get my lights and tires and start Getting more mods I might drop them an email with some photos attached.

Happy iO

01 ZR LWB, 2 sets of kumho KL71s on rims, custom one off belly plate, lukey sports exhaust and a right foot to suit!

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Also a reader of this mag, there was an IO in it once.  Not in an article but in a letter to the editor.  It was owned by a photographer who drive around australia if I remember correctly. 

Would be good to see a full write up though.

Claude io
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sadly

Sadly...NOTHING...no reply, no acknowledgment...nothing...Should I/we give up....No I won't :)

If, like me, you want this to happen, just send them email and be part of this :).

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Email sent

I told them that I used to subscribe, but got sick of the landcruiser vs patrol shootout in every issue.

I also suggested that if there was more representation of small real 4wds in their mag, there might be more options available to us than a jimny or vitara (both of which have electronic button 4wd activation which I won't buy).

It would be so awesome to see a brand new 2.0 Turbo Diesel iO on the market. With the proper super select lever, just like the Challenger still has.

We can dream...

Size is not important; it's how you use it that matters!

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That's the spirit !

That's the spirit !...well done and fully agree with the making of a brand new 2.0 Turbo Diesel io. I got goosebump just thinking about it !

We have about 950 members, most from Australia.....SEND THEM MAIL.....devil

I was wondering if we could "promote" the io in other ways ? or maybe other 4x4 magazine ? enter some 4x4 competition ?

Happy io

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Sure sounds like a dream ...

Sorry to burst your bubble fellas, but, as far as I  know, Mitsubishi considers the iO as long dead, and replaced by the Outlander ASX, which by the way, has electronically shifted 4WD, and I believe lacks low range.

I don't know if I ever mentioned this, but my wife is the CFO for the local Mitsubishi dealership, when Mitsubishi pulled the plug on the Japanese production of the iO, it became unavailable here in what is considered the Caribbean market, even though it was still being built & sold as the TR4 in Brazil.  The local dealer begged & pleaded for a replacement small SUV, and the best Mitsubishi could give them, after many years was the Outlander ASX , this caused them to loose business to the Suzuki dealership, one of their largest customers held onto a fleet of almost a dozen iOs for close to ten years, before replacing them with Grand Vitaras, and they have been replacing the Grand Vitaras at four year intervals - that shows how much they wanted to go with Mitsubishis.

I've had a look at the ASX and no way am I buying one - it's a transverse engine AWD soft roader.

Edit

Seems the Outlander ASX is known as the Aspire ASX in Australia.

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true but,

fordem wrote:

Sorry to burst your bubble fellas, but, as far as I  know, Mitsubishi considers the iO as long dead, and replaced by the Outlander ASX, which by the way, has electronically shifted 4WD, and I believe lacks low range.

I don't know if I ever mentioned this, but my wife is the CFO for the local Mitsubishi dealership, when Mitsubishi pulled the plug on the Japanese production of the iO, it became unavailable here in what is considered the Caribbean market, even though it was still being built & sold as the TR4 in Brazil.  The local dealer begged & pleaded for a replacement small SUV, and the best Mitsubishi could give them, after many years was the Outlander ASX , this caused them to loose business to the Suzuki dealership, one of their largest customers held onto a fleet of almost a dozen iOs for close to ten years, before replacing them with Grand Vitaras, and they have been replacing the Grand Vitaras at four year intervals - that shows how much they wanted to go with Mitsubishis.

I've had a look at the ASX and no way am I buying one - it's a transverse engine AWD soft roader.

Edit

Seems the Outlander ASX is known as the Aspire ASX in Australia.

As true as this is, 4wd action mag does not only do articles on new 4x4s, they quite often have writing up one certain older 4x4s. Infact I usually only read about the old ones are all the new ones pretty much read the same to me.

Mitsubshi sells both an Outlander and an ASX here.

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Never too late

AFAIK the outlander was originally an update of the iO without low range. The ASX is completely different, built on a lancer chassis - more to compete with the Mazda CX5, Suburu XV or the Suzuki SX4. (How original are the car makers with their model names!).

I was just thinking about how back in the pre-RAV4 and X-Trail days, the iO was up against the suzukis and Daihatsu's primarily. While its good to see Suzuki still with a low range small 4wd, it is very much softened by electronics and some models are even available as 2wd now.

I remember a time in the early 2000's that I was disappointed that there would no longer be any RWD toyota sports cars made after the supra and the MR2 had reached their end. Toyota was concentrating on the family market and vowed that it no longer wanted to be associated with sports cars. 10 years later, they released the FT86, which looks and sounds awesome. The same thing happened with Nissan and the GTR skyline, however they still haven't released a replacement for the silvia/200sx. The point is, car makers will adapt their strategies to meet a gap in the market.

After doing some work on my iO, I've realised that if I were to upgrade to a 4x4 dual cab ute, which was always my plan, I would not be gaining much, but indeed be losing a lot of city manouverability and ease of driving. If the time came and I needed to replace my iO, I would be looking at a brand new challenger wagon or triton or navara ute. All are around $35-45K. If there was a 5 door diesel iO for $30-33k, I would definitely consider it. I know its not likely to happen, but I find it disappointing how this market has almost disappeared.

I realise that the biggest problem is that most brand new buyers of these have been women who never want to take it off road, and now they are well catered for with more comfortable models. Its only after owning one and realising how good it can be and all the advantages these smaller 4wds have, that I believe it to be better than the bigger and more expensive 4wds.

IF there was more coverage and stories in the magazines, then perhaps more men would feel the same way and want to buy a brand new small 4wd. It seems to be more like this in Brazil.

Anyway, just some thoughts :)

Size is not important; it's how you use it that matters!

Claude io
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D'oh

Dream are just that: dream. The new turbo diesel io was mentionned as just a great dream... Bringing sad reality is just plain nasty :)

I might just go and tell your children that Santa doesn't exist ...wink lol...

Happy io

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Santa & the kids.

Don't let anyone fool you Claude - the kids learn early on, that Santa does not exist, but they also know, that if they let you know that they don't believe in Santa, the presents will also stop coming, so they pretend to believe - my youngest turned 21 last month, trust me she knows.

Try this one though - I have a friend - short, plump, fair skinned, white haired, and wears gold rimmed glasses - every year, around September he lets his beard & mustache grow, so that come December, he's ready - all he needs is the suit & hat - I've watched kids at the hospital sit in his lap, and the "non-believers" will pull the beard, expecting it to come loose - you should see the look on their faces when they find it's real - I know he's changed many a non-believer's mind.

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A couple more things I thought of today

I was in south west rocks a few weeks ago, and I saw so many feroza's and vitara's. Everyone seems to have one as their beach basher, most of which have fishing rod racks attached somehow. There is a market for these vehicles.

I just thought of some other small 4wds available in the past - Kia sportage and Holden frontera.

Great Wall currently offer one which I believe has low range, but I'm not sure, and I don't particularly care to look it up!

Size is not important; it's how you use it that matters!

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My first car and one and only

My first car and one and only true love was my Daihatsu Feroza! .

 

 

Loved her so much, inspired me to keep on with the small 4wd scene :)

 

If they offered a NEW IO version that was 2.0L Turbo Diseal or something.... I think I would be one very very broke man.... 

 

2002 5dr Pajero IO QA 2.0L Auto - Lifted, Locked!! 1.925 Low Range - Muddies (205/80/16) - Redback Extractors to 200cell cat to dump at diff Exhaust 

Claude io
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lol

lol....I hope that you won't "dip" your next true love in the mud....lol...wink

First car always leave some memory, I never had a Feroza, but I have heard a lot of good report. My first car was a Chrysler valiant 1973, 4.3 liter, straight 6 cylinder, manual 3 spd, I am still in love...!!

Yes, small 4x4 are a very good option.....suit me very well.

Happy io

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old cars

Claude io wrote:

lol....I hope that you won't "dip" your next true love in the mud....lol...wink

First car always leave some memory, I never had a Feroza, but I have heard a lot of good report. My first car was a Chrysler valiant 1973, 4.3 liter, straight 6 cylinder, manual 3 spd, I am still in love...!!

Yes, small 4x4 are a very good option.....suit me very well.

Happy io

1969 HT holden 6cyl 3 speed manual, owned 4 over the years including one coup, last one (sedan) still under the house ready for a full resto

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Claude io
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Claude's io picture in 4WD action

After getting an email from Focus io mentioning some "star" in the 4WD action magazin. I bought the number 226 today.....hoping...and very close to the end here it is ! my little io on display :)

It is official, I am a star...lol....maybe not fully yet !

Happy io

 

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scan it up!!!

scan it up Claude!!

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Claude io
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It is just a single picture that I took during my trip...it would be much better to have an article but it is a start !!

Happy io

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